Almost from the moment we got off our bikes on Tuesday at Lands End I have been asked “What next?”
For now I am not concerning myself with the next challenge (and I know myself well enough to know that there will be one – I just don’t know what it is yet!) Instead I will have a few weeks devoted to things other than training for something. That is not to say that I won’t be back on my bike any time soon. I will. I have decided that I really quite enjoy the effort of turning pedals and getting from A to B under your own steam. I intend to treat myself to my 30 mile flat training route around the back roads of West Lancashire and Southport before too long – without panniers! It is a nice route and it will be good just to enjoy the ride without being conscious of the fact that I am training for something.
So today I gave my bike a good clean! It was the sort of clean that I felt it deserved. It took me a good hour or so. My wife said that if I cleaned it any more she would start calling me ‘Vince’ (since anyone who knows Vince will appreciate that he would actually LICK his bike clean if he thought that it would get more dirt off!!!) I already know that like mine, Vince’s bike will be back in his garage, gleaming, as I type this! If I am being honest, I have a sneaking suspicion that Carl’s bike will not get as good treatment and it is more likely that there will be a dirty, unloved but well ridden Boardman hybrid on eBay sometime soon….!!!